Sword and scabbard

Object Number: 
1962.51ab
Date: 
ca. 1850
Medium: 
Steel, brass, mother of pearl, gilding; leather, brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 35 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. ( 90.2 x 10.8 x 4.4 cm )
Description: 
Dress sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with a single fuller extending from ricasso to within 6 inches of point; metal parts of hilt are gilded brass, and grips, which are faced with mother of pearl plaques, have a beaded ferrule at the base and beaded strips of metal on either side; nearly circular counter-guard (on obverse side only) is angled downward over surface of blade and is mounted with two-headed eagle insignia; molded knuckle-bow in the form of an oak branch intertwined with a serpent with head facing lion's head pommel; black leather scabbard with gilded brass mounts decorated with embossed scroll motifs at throat and tip, the former with ornamental frog stud.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword belonged to the donor's grandfather, Chevalier Charles Frederick de Loosey, who served as Austrian-Hungarian Counsel General in New York from 1850 to 1870. Other parts of de Looser's court uniform are also in the N-YHS Collection.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Henry O. Havemeyer, Esquire
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group